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Winslab Research Team

Dr. Adam Winsler | Vita

Dr. Winsler is an applied developmental psychologist with interests in children's transition to school, the development of self-regulation, children's private speech, Vygotskian sociocultural theory and bilingualism and early schooling for English-Language Learners (ELLs). His current research explores childcare, school readiness, and early school trajectories among ethnically and linguistically diverse, low-income, urban preschoolers; Private speech and self-regulation in typical children and those with ADHD or autistic spectrum disorders; Music/dance and self-regulation and self-regulated learning and motivation among college students.


Alena Alegrado (BA)

Alena is a recently graduated undergraduate honors student at George Mason. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology in 2016. Alena is interested in the relationship between music and child development. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis through the Honors Psychology program and the OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Her thesis focused on identifying pre-existing child characteristicsfactors that predict whether a student will choose to enroll and persist in middle school music classes. This year, she continues to work in the lab as an RA as she works to publish her thesis and apply to graduate school.

Kristen Carpenter (MA)

Kristin has a BA from Louisiana State University and a MA from Georgetown University. She has spent the last 9 years working with children with learning disabilities and behavioral issues through her company, Linder Educational Coaching. She has worked in schools to advocate for 504/IEP accommodations. She is very excited to join Dr. Winsler's lab to study the neuroscience of cognitive development and reading disabilities, as well as the real world applications of interventions, particularly in the classroom.


Karen Cordova (MA)

Karen is a first-year masters student in Applied Developmental Psychology. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University in May of 2016. Her research interest lies in culture and its effect on socio-emotional development of children and parent/child interactions and relationships in adolescence.




Jordan Greenburg (PhD)

Jordan is a first-year PhD student in Dr. Winsler’s lab. She graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2017 with B.A.s in Psychology and French. During her time at Emory, she conducted a variety of research projects that ranged from understanding prejudicial attitudes toward the LGBTQ community to assessing how developmental variables affected children’s responses to psychological measures. Jordan found her niche in developmental psychology through her work as an after-school volunteer with children who were struggling academically and socially. This experience piqued her interest in pursuing developmental research in an educational context, particularly with at-risk populations. Her current research interests include the long-term academic outcomes associated with grade retention in both early and later school years.

Christina Hong (MA)

Christina graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BA in Psychology, concentration in Developmental Psychology, and minor in English. During her undergraduate career, Christina spent several years working alongside children with disabilities, specifically as a(n) 1:1 educational assistant, special education teacher, and in-home ABA therapist. While conducting undergraduate research in Baltimore, Christina investigated processes through which parental stress was linked to Asian American children’s effortful control. Her research interests stem from field experiences and previous research lab positions, and moving forward looks to examine children’s self-regulatory abilities, immigrant populations, and academic and developmental outcomes.


Jerry Mize (MA)

Jerry L. Mize is a graduate student of Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His research interests are in social relationships during childhood and adolescence and how these may serve as predictors and intervention components for various maladaptive behaviors such as bullying, aggression, drug use, and delinquency. He is currently working toward his MA, but aspires to pursue a PhD in Developmental Psychology and continue working to better the experience of children and teens.



Alex Moffitt (PhD)

This is my third year as a PHD student in Dr. Winsler’s lab and the ADP program. While getting a B.A. in psychology at the University of Denver, I was involved with a victim advocacy organization in Denver that allowed me to work with public elementary schools in low-income areas around the city. The experience helped shape my current research interests, which include predictors and outcomes of children's school mobility.



Kaity Mumma (PhD)

Kaity is a third-year PhD student working in Dr. Winsler's lab. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, and received her MA in ADP from George Mason in May 2017. Her research interests include investigating the lasting benefits of attending different types of preschool programs, factors contributing to elementary school quality, and children's longitudinal academic outcomes. Last summer, she worked as an intern for the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). She is very passionate about improving the US education system and hopes that she can contribute to this cause through empirical research.


Mayra Parada (PhD)

Mayra is a third-year graduate student pursuing her PhD in ADP. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2014. Prior to her time at Mason, Mayra has worked on various community-based participatory research projects in Richmond and spent time in Mexico City investigating on the influence of social contexts on adolescent drug-use. At Mason, Mayra’s master thesis focused on academic outcomes of immigrant students using longitudinal data from the Miami School Readiness Project (MSRP). Currently, Mayra is the SRCD State Policy Fellow at the Virginia Department of Education in the Early Childhood office working on the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Virginia Preschool Initiative Expansion (VPI+).



Courtney Ricciardi (PhD)

Courtney is a second-year PhD student in Dr. Winsler’s lab within the ADP program. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. Her current research interests involve academic outcomes in at-risk populations, specifically the influence of early factors like school readiness and neighborhood effects on later outcomes such as educational achievement and advanced course selection.





Nadine Rozell (BA)

Nadine is an undergraduate double-majoring in Foreign Languages and Psychology at George Mason University. She is enrolled in the Honors in Psychology program and the OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Her senior honor's thesis examines academic outcomes for dual language learners by using data from the Miami School Readiness Project. Her research interests include bilingual pedagogy, second language acquisition, and investigating evidence-based classroom strategies and broader policies to support young dual language learners in schools.



Ihsan Shaikhly (BA)

Ihsan is a 4th-year undergraduate psychology student and is currently part of the Honors in Psychology program at George Mason University. Her research interests include special education and early assessment of children with disabilities.






Tanya Tavassolie (PhD)

I graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2011 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. While at Franklin and Marshall, my research focused on developmental and biological aspects of behavior using animal models. After graduating, I began working as a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland's Child Development Lab. While there, I worked on a project exploring neural correlates of action understanding in infants. I am finishing my dissertation which explores profiles of school readiness among low-income children and how these profiles longitudinally predict student performance in 3rd grade.


Reba Troxler (PhD)

Reba is a second-year doctoral student originally from North Carolina. Her background is in the areas of psychology, sociology and family studies. Her research interests include social-emotional development, school readiness, prevention/intervention both in and out of the classroom, and at risk populations.




Angelique Williams (PhD)

Angelique is a second-year graduate student pursuing her PhD in ADP. She graduated with her BS in Psychology from Morgan State University in 2016. While at Morgan State University, she worked as an NIH NIGMS-RISE undergraduate student researcher. As such, she examined the effects of factors such as social problem solving ability and perceived stress levels on academic performance. Her current research interests include elementary school outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders, and children's private speech in Head Start settings.






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